Reports from TalkSPORT claim that Napoli are set to make a move for Liverpool defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva in January as manager Rafael Benitez is looking to increase the stability of his midfield for the long term.
The Spanish tactical was responsible for the arrival of Lucas at Liverpool back in 2007 when the took a gamble on the young Gremio starlet.
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he will be using midfielder Lucas Leiva as a scout after injury
ruled him out of action for more than two months.
The Brazilian midfielder missed much of the last campaign through injury, and after making his
return this season, has once again been ruled out after picking up a thigh problem against
Arsenal could be set to miss out on yet another transfer target this summer with the German media reporting that Wolfsburg are close to completing the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo. The Brazil international had been tipped to move to the Emirates. But Bild reports that the defensive midfielder is instead set to [.
It is acknowledged among Arsenal fans and neutrals alike that the club need to buy a defensive midfielder this summer because of Abou Diaby's injury problems and the fact there is no cover for him since Alex Song left last summer. There have already been a few names thrown around for who should be bought but I believe that the club should be looking to West Ham's Mohamed Diame.
So, coming off a disappointing but not detrimental 0-0 draw with Everton, there are both positives and negatives to take. The first positive to take is the fantastic performances from Aaron Ramsey that we've seen both today and on Saturday.
During my life as an Arsenal and football fan i have witnessed many remarkable moments of Arsenals history including the invincible era. But ironically my first real game i watched on TV was our last major trophy. In this game (fa cup final of 2005)i saw a winning team, but where did it all go wrong?
Alex Song left for Barcelona and a hole was left in Arsenal's midfield. This season, Mikel Arteta has been forced to sit deeper back on the pitch, testing his defensive capabilities when Arsenal are searching for possession. As some of you may have seen in a recent interview with Arteta and Santi Cazorla, the smaller, ever-smiling Spaniard notes that Mikel is playing out of position and is still adjusting.
The Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta was brilliant as an attacking midfielder last season, but now that Alex Song has been sold to Barcelona and Santi Cazorla has been brought in to help the attackers, Arteta has been ordered by Wenger to play more defensively this season.
Arsenal have definitely been more solid at the back this season, and Arteta understands the reasons for his change of style.
Arsenal were thought to be on the verge of signing a big, strong, tough tackling defensive midfielder in the summer, with Yann M'Vila and Etienne Capoue two of the favourites. The window opened and closed and Arsenal, despite having money to spend did not sign an enforcer.
Arsene Wenger had said that he would only buy a player who would improve the squad, so does that mean he thought there were no defensive midfielders good enough?
Both Arsenal and Chelsea are unbeaen and todays game between the two will give the victor a great advantage in confidence and points in the race for the Premiership title, and Arsene Wenger believes the midfield battle will be a big factor in deciding who gets the points.
Alex Song was nominally Arsenal's 'defensive midfielder' last season, but with his departure Wenger believes that he has no-one in the team that be given that title any more.
Arteta has been one of the Gunners most telling signings in years. Often seen doing all the work behind the scenes the player has emerged as this season's surprise package, playing exceptionally well as a defensive midfielder. The Gunners have had an impressive start to their campaign this season and Mikel Arteta believes the game against City will prove to be an important one as an indication of whether Arsenal can go on and win the league this year.
I'm extremely optimistic about this new Arsenal squad and the qualities will be more evident when we play City and Chelsea. Having said that i have a few notes about yesterday's game against Southampton.
Coquelin made a few mistakes, which can be pinned on match rustiness, but they were not obvious because the rest of the team were there to cover for him.
During the summer, Arsenal were being linked with every defensive midfielder going, from Yann M'Vila to Lucas Biglia. One of the men who was top of most Gooners wish lists was the 24-year old French international Etienne Capoue. Now it is being reported that the Gunners are lining up a £12 million swoop for Capoue [.
Arsenal's hopes of securing Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien are seemingly given a boost by the
Blues' decision to omit the Ghana international from their match-day squad against Atletico Madrid
in the UEFA Super Cup.
Essien was not part of the team that will be fighting for Chelsea's first trophy of the season
in Monaco this evening, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger reportedly looking for a shock swoop as
early as yesterday.
Chelsea are the frontrunners to sign English-born Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier. He was a regular for Sporting last season, but his contract contains a £4.2m buyout clause that is proving too tempting for some of Europe's big clubs. The Blues are currently the favourites to complete a deal for Dier.
Spurs have completed the signing of defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue from French side Toulouse. The 25-year-old has moved to White Hart Lane for a fee believed to be in the region of £9m. A fee was agreed between the two clubs last week, but the deal has only been finalised this morning. The France international [.
Traditionally in soccer, certain numbers are associated with certain positions. The number 1 is always going to be a goalkeeper's number. When we say "number 9" we're talking about a striker. A "number 10" is a central attacking midfielder, a trequartista, and a subject we talked about just a few days ago in this very countdown.
Alan Pardew will start with an unchanged Newcastle side today at White Hart Lane in the tough game against Tottenham Hotspur today in the Premier League. As expected Jame Perch retains his place as the defensive midfielder, in spite of Cheick Tiote returning form the African Cup of Nations last week.
talkSPORT is reporting today that talks are ongoing between Newcastle United and West Ham, about the possible transfer of 23 year-old England U21 International James Tomkins to the Magpies. James Tomkins capped 10 times for the England U21 side Certainly Newcastle were interested in the center-back come defensive midfielder last January, and we see [.
Some news breaking today is that Newcastle are interested in signing Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila this month, and the 22 year-old French International defensive midfielder certainly wants to leave the French league, and his first choice seems to be the Premier League. Yann M'Vila Newcastle interested?
Mohamed Diame joined West Ham last August as a free agent, after being at Wigan Athletic for three seasons, and there's some news today that Newcastle may be interested in signing the 6'1″ defensive midfielder, who has played 12 times for Senegal. Mohamed Diame West Ham defensive midfielder There's no doubt that West Ham's [.
Gael Bigirimana had a very good game for Newcastle on Sunday in a very important position, as
defensive midfielder, and Alan Pardew today had sang the praised of the former Coventry City
player, and said Gael got better as the game went on. Gael Bigirimana excellent game on Sunday And
surely this is the [.
FC Dallas signed 33-year-old French defensive midfielder Peter Luccin on Monday. After playing for several teams in Ligue 1 in France, he moved to the Spanish La Liga in 2001. He played 215 matches for Celta de Vigo, Atlético Madrid, [...]
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Ulloa is by trade a defensive midfielder and while he has been played at other spots, notably in the back, Clavijo remains convinced his best spot is at holding mid. However, that could all change if he performs well in other spots, something FCD plans to experiment with once preseason starts in January.
By 1970's Gooner Every successful Arsene Wenger team had an unsung hero playing as a defensive midfielder. Vieira, Petit, Edu and Gilberto Silva to name but a few. They provided the steel in the middle of the park, in front of the defence playing no nonsense football winning the ball and giving it to the creative players.
Last night saw David Luiz take up the role of defensive midfielder again, something that he has not been asked to do for quite a while. I thought he had a mixed game; we saw the best and the worst from him. Some very strong tackles were made, but then he was also outsmarted on more than one occasion.
Coming in during the summer of 2011 along with Mike Chabala, Lovel Palmer was intended to add extra muscle to he right back position, a consistent sore spot for the Portland Timbers. Unfortunately for Palmer, he was unable to mesh well with the squad or the position to help create a fully effective defensive backline.
While it may seem odd that a defensive midfielder could have this big of an impact, Fire fans know very well how valuable Pardo is to the team. Apart from his stout defensive work in shutting down opposing teams' attacks, he can also contribute offensively. Pavel is a threat on free kicks and corners, as well as setting up teammates with beautiful passes and service.
Looking at QPR's first three league games this season it's obvious they have had their defensive problems. Two main areas stand out for me where they have appeared to be weak and I am about to show you those areas. They are:
Covering the late run from midfield
Centre backs getting caught ball watching, being sucked towards the ball and leaving strikers unmarked in the box.
Cesc Fabregas looks like a mis-fit in Barca midfield.
It was all supposed to be really smooth. He was the one with the Barca DNA, so getting into this
midfield was not at all a big task for Cesc Fabregas. The only factor to weigh in was how Iniesta
and Xavi would be rotated to accomodate Cesc in.